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Covid-19 made my solar panel installation business stronger

Last month was the biggest sales month in our history. Here are three lessons I’ve learned.

Morning brief: Safe harbor for ITC extended, Dems push FERC to reject anti-net metering petition

Also in the brief: Virginia agency aims to make solar “faster, easier and more affordable,” plus Community Choice Energy providers.

Alliant Energy looks to add 675 MW of PV and quadruple Wisconsin’s solar capacity

The company has filed a Certificate of Authority application with state regulators for a 675 MW portfolio of solar projects, the first step in the company’s larger goal of 1,000 MW of solar in Wisconsin by 2023.

It may be safe to put PV panels in landfills, but that doesn’t mean we should

According to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), health risks from lead in crystalline silicon PV panels are one order of magnitude — or about one-tenth — below the risk levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Morning Brief: Nuclear fusion startup raises $84 million from Temasek and Equinor

Also in the brief: Green hydrogen in Denmark, North Dakota solar on tribal lands, Lime Rock New Energy raises $600 million in growth equity focused on renewable energy tech.

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Used EV batteries for large-scale solar energy storage

MIT scientists have suggested that used electric vehicle batteries could offer a more viable business case than purpose-built systems for the storage of grid-scale solar power in California. Such ‘second life’ EV batteries, may cost only 60% of their original purchase price to deploy and can be effectively aggregated for industrial scale storage even if they have declined to 80% of their original capacity.

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RFP issued for Santa Barbara School District microgrid projects

As part of a collaborative effort with Sage Energy Consulting, the district has issued an RFP for 4.5 MW of solar capacity and 6 MWh of storage across 15 sites.

Green Mountain Power expands Tesla Powerwall and bring-your-own-device energy storage programs

Customers now have two options in home battery programs, while also agreeing to pledge some of their stored power for peak reduction.

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Morning Brief: The Wolf of Wall Street teaches solar sales, misleading solar ads tout 100% free panels

Also in the brief: GOP Senators seek help for renewables, Engie is among those chosen in Hawaii’s largest renewable tender.

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Job Moves at NextEra, Sunnova, FirstEnergy, 8minute, Solaria, Enel X, GAF Energy, Watt Fuel Cell

Executive and boardroom moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and venture capital.

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